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posted by Fnord666 on Friday May 08 2020, @05:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the frobizz dept.

Source code for seminal adventure game Zork on dead mainframe exhumed onto GitHub:

Source code for seminal adventure game has been Zork[sic] recovered and published on GitHub.

While classic adventure games (aka interactive fiction) are well represented in the Internet Archive - there's plenty of playable Zork versions here - this new trove is source code that's been retrieved from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tapes of Tech Square (ToTS) collection at the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections (DDC).

If you access the repo and its README you're told the source was written "in the MDL programming language written on a PDP-10 timeshare computer running the ITS operating system".

[...] The code in the repo comes from 1977, before the game was commercialised but at a time it was informally distributed.


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  • (Score: 2) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Friday May 08 2020, @06:37PM (6 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Friday May 08 2020, @06:37PM (#991759)

    Source code for seminal adventure game has been Zork recovered

    Proofreading before posting much?

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  • (Score: 2) by Dr Spin on Friday May 08 2020, @06:58PM

    by Dr Spin (5239) on Friday May 08 2020, @06:58PM (#991773)

    Not experience lisp need you ((((( +*&=_8,... no carrier

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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by martyb on Friday May 08 2020, @06:59PM (4 children)

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 08 2020, @06:59PM (#991774) Journal

    The typo was in the original on The Register.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20200508152054/https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/08/zork_source_code_released/ [archive.org]:

    Source code for seminal adventure game has been Zork recovered and published on GitHub [archive.org].

    I'll add a [sic] to make it clear that the mistake existed in the original. Thanks for pointing it out.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 08 2020, @10:09PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 08 2020, @10:09PM (#991851)

      I always mix up seminal and semeny.

      As in: "The Prize recognized the seminal contributions Adrian had made to the embryonic field of single cell electrophysiology."

      and: "It tastes semeny "

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 09 2020, @11:13AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 09 2020, @11:13AM (#991995)

        I was confused about "Angel's prostate fall" in a church hymn for the longest time.

        I won't go much further than say I thought the angels were pleasuring themselves, and seminal fluids were being produced. Well, preachers did come out of semenaries. I knew that had something to do with the prostrate gland. Apparently if one did not release the pressure, they soon couldn't pee.

        Anyway, I'm glad we had sex education. Seemed all my confusion did at home and church just got everyone all upset.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 09 2020, @02:18AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 09 2020, @02:18AM (#991932)

      Perhaps the mistake was a missing hyphen...?

      Source code for seminal adventure game has-been Zork recovered and published

      • (Score: 2) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Saturday May 09 2020, @09:40AM

        by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Saturday May 09 2020, @09:40AM (#991986)

        Perhaps journalism these days consists in putting on a silly hat and hoping for the best when writing an article.